February 14th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Aloha: Chelsea Clinton to campaign in Hawaii

Chelsea Clinton campaigned for her mother in California in early February.

Chelsea Clinton campaigned for her mother in California in early February.

(CNN) - As part of the Clinton campaign's declared effort to fight for every delegate in every state, Chelsea Clinton is heading to Hawaii, Barack Obama's home turf, according to a Clinton campaign source. She'll spend three days, including this weekend, campaigning there.

The Clinton campaign has been criticized for not competing in the smaller states and caucuses, but is now trying to adjust their strategy. A campaign source says they are not focused only on Texas and Ohio.

On conference call Wednesday, Clinton staffer Guy Cecil said the campaign would now be hiring staffers and opening field offices in several states with upcoming contests they had not devoted resources to before, including Montana and Wyoming.

Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, and will be doing satellite interviews with Hawaiian TV today.

A campaign source says Chelsea has proven to be an effective campaigner and they see a strong correlation between Chelsea's visits and improved performance.

At this point, says one campaign source, it's a delegate fight, and even narrowing a loss has a huge impact.

This cycle Chelsea campaigned for her mother in California – the first state where Clinton won the youth vote. The rural congressional district where Chelsea campaigned in Nebraska outperformed others in the state. So far this cycle, Chelsea Clinton has campaigned in at least 15 states.

–CNN’s Jessica Yellin

Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hawaii • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. Curliss

    Obama hasn't won a state that matters...every state he has won, is traditional won by a republican in a general election. Hillary on the otherhand has won all states (where most people live) that matter. It says something...dont you think ? I hope we dont repeat a Al Gore vs Bush scenario...where we ended up putting in office a man with ZERO accomplishments. Hillary or McCain would be the most suitable choices as they have very many accomplishments on record. Anyone, with just a bit of common-sense can see this. I hope Obama supporters dig deeper into why they are supporting him...else we are in four another four long years with McCain.

    February 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. BobW Rochester, NY

    Like Chelsea Clinton is representative of America's youth! In her daddy's words, give me a break. The last time I looked, the "youth vote" wasn't concerned with Hillary as they have been backing Obama in droves. California is history but Obama is the future.

    February 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Arin

    For those of you in Wisconsin, please remember on Day 1 after the Virginia/D.C./Maryland primary, Senator Clinton was in TEXAS, and not not in Wisconsin. As a matter of fact, Day 2, she is also in Texas. She is asking not what she can do for you, but what you can do for her. Even if you have pennies in your pocket, you are supposed to go out there in and earn the vote, the Wisconsin vote. I think that's what you deserve from a candidate.

    February 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Kelly

    In all honesty, she has a relative point. As much as Obama would like to believe so many Republicans will support him, he might achieve a few, but rather marginal. His arrogance is almost impressive. Do the Dems ever focus on Montana? Do the Republicans ever focus on NY? No. In this system, Hillary was thinking General Election. I agree,the rule of politics is only concentrate on winning the election in front of you, not long-term. And, by all accounts, bigger states do have a majority of voters, so to win a big state is a much more accomplishment than a small state. If Obama won all big states, there would be spin.

    February 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Steve

    To Ron,

    Its called strategy and using what limited funds you have to get maximum effect. She isn't marginalizing, she is budgeting. She had to loan the campaign $5M. Obama has more money thus is able to do more. Its simple math.

    February 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Adam, IL

    Number of states won is irrelevant. The competition is in delegates.

    Obama 2016!

    February 14, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Get real!

    Hillary never said these states "don't matter." She simply had to prioritize in placing her resources where they would garner the greatest return. THAT is what a prudent and successful executive does!

    By the way, I think Obama has just liberated millions of people from preparing a credible resume when they apply for a job. We will no longer have to be specific about what we can bring to the company, or what our exact experience is. We can now simply state:
    – I am the change you seek
    – Yes, I can!


    February 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Eric

    Love how we talk about this but we don't ask Obama where he will be getting the money to pay for any of his plans. Talk about a tax and spend liberal.

    February 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Patrick Anthony Drake

    The American People deserve answers and not speeches that generate HOPE. WE THE PEOPLE, require a President who is not afraid to inform us of his or her plans to take our country to the mountains of peace and prosperity and leave these valleys of politics. Debate is challenge, and only the most courageous seeks out that challenge. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama are two of my heroes, but only one seems to show enough courage to actually "turn the pages of history". WE THE PEOPLE, deserve more debates to help strengthen our votes so that we too may be "SUPER DELEGATES".



    February 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Pat Durham

    It would be nice if all the "talk shows" and news media would let Hillary run her campaign. Obama never does are says anything wrong and Hillary can't open her mouth without being critically defeated. Lets look at the issues, not all the empty promises of change. What is the Obama change anyway.

    February 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. smokey99

    It is not about the number of states. It is about the delegates in each state. They had a good map up yesterday showing that even if Obama wins every state he still would not have enough delegates to get the nom. Obama or Hillary would have to win Ohio, Texas and PA buy 80% to get the delegate count and that still might put one of them over the top.
    This is going to be a long 3 weeks. The claws are coming out on both sides.

    February 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Barbara-California

    Maybe there should be some new campaign laws drafted that mandate the candidate themselves campaign in each state themselves, then there would be no doubt what the candidates purpose and ideals are all about.

    Dedication/intelligence can not be a substitute by relatives, whether they be distant or close.

    Let the campaigns show who really wants to dedicate their time running this busy country and who has the stamina and verve and purpose.

    February 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Sue, Michigan

    I think Chelsea is a great choice-she's smart, well-spoken like her mother, and a person who can meet youth on their terms.
    Don't blame the Clinton campaign for marginalizing states-this contest has gone on for far too long, and the money isn't infinite. We really need to figure out a better way of electing a President. First off, these Senators are employed by us, and yet they have to find ways to be everywhere (on our buck) and continue to raise dollar after dollar. It's dumb in this media age to expect them to visit every small town in America. Much better would be a serious of debates on singular issues, which ONE primary date in June. If a candidate is chosen, then NO money wasted on a convention at all. Don't even start this process until Feb. of the election year. There are far too many issues ( can anyone say IMPEACHMENT?) in Washington that these people should have been attending to instead of running for another office for 18 months.
    The problem is narrowing the field, which is another issue.

    February 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. sw

    Great move, Howaii has a lot of Asian immigrants, adn they love Clintons.

    February 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Karen from Minnesota

    It's called strategy. Resources are not umlimited unless you're Obama. White men are supporting his candidacy in order to knock out Hillary. Then they will join the McCain camp. Already the polls show McCain beating them both in Florida. Only the electoral college really counts in the end!

    February 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Mervin

    Cnn if Obama was leading in the March4th polls,it would have been plastered all over your website..Quinnipac just came out with Ohio and Pennslyvania numbers where Hillary is leading in double digits and it is yet to be posted on your website.....How ironic.......If this news was about Obama,it would have been up as first story....Best regards..

    February 14, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Liam

    Hillary recently claimed that Red State wins should not mean much, since they will not vote for a Democrat in November.

    Texas and Ohio are Red States, so why is Hillary now claiming that if she wins in those two Red States that would make her a winner in November.

    Can you say Hillery Doublespeak, Boys and Girls?

    February 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Damian

    Chelsea you are a credit to your parents!
    I'm glad that Hilary's camp has re-grouped,
    and is now taking the campaign by the horns!

    February 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Andrew K

    Hawaii ROCKS! 😀 I love Hawaiians. They're very warm people in spirit, and they're totally going to vote for Barack, because he is too.

    He's got the ALOHA approach.

    But good luck Chelsea.

    February 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. IA

    Sorry, but it's not about winning states! It's about winning delegates and we're headed straight for the nomination!

    IT'S ABOUT SOLUTIONS.................NOT PROMISES!!!


    February 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Uma from Silicon Valley, CA

    Oh... I thought small states does not count, according to Mark Penn?

    February 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Jaymes Spiekerman

    It's called readjusting!!! It has to be done to stay in the game and she knows what to do to make it happen!!! Smart Move on the Clinton campaign!!!

    Hillblazers '08

    February 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. AJ, IL

    Doesn't Chelsea have a newly recent six-figure salary job at a hedge fund! It must be nice to be at a job for less than a year and then take off two months to go campaigning for mom!

    The Hillary campaign has been competing in each and every state but of course concentrated on the big states because they thought the nomination would be decided for Hillary on Feb. 5th!

    Obama in '08!

    February 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. NELSON

    For Hillary to have been so protective of her daughter through out her rearing, i guess when it comes to her own selfish ambitions she will pull out all the stops. So much for her privacy. The Media will have a field day with Chelsea at the cost of Hillary's ambitions.

    February 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. LJO

    fine young girl, beautiful, wonderful person
    Hillary 08

    February 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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